Brenna Larson, M.A.
Doctoral Fellow, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Brenna Larson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in art history at Oberlin College in 2014, where she wrote an honors thesis on fifteenth-century Florentine niello engraving and book binding. This project was subsequently supported by a Fulbright Research Award (2014–2015), which allowed her to carry out further work on the topic in Florence and Perugia. Brenna's dissertation is entitled The Prestige of the Foreign in Genoese Devotional Painting, 1460–1528, and examines Ligurian and Corsican devotional painting between the mid-fifteenth century and the rise of Andrea Doria. The project investigates issues of itinerancy, ideas of "foreignness," and style, in addition to the historiography of the construction of a Genoese School. Recent awards and honors include: the Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (2019–2021); a Rackham International Research Award, The International Institute, University of Michigan (2019); a Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, University of Michigan (2019); and the Henry P. Tappan Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018).